River otters can be found along the eastern coast of the United States and throughout much of Canada. They like to live in areas near water, so many of their habitats include streams, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands and marine coastal environments. The river otter is endangered in some states, but is not presently on the endangered species list in Florida. These small, flexible mammals are very social and love to play! They can often be seen wrestling, belly flopping, somersaulting, and sliding down a snowy or icy hill.
What Can I Do Here?
There are many things that you can do here. Please begin by watching the welcome video for an introduction to the otters (simply click on the video on the top of the media bar to the right). You can also use the media bar to look at pictures and watch other videos of otters at the museum.
After watching the video, you can use the left-side menu to:
- Learn more by reviewing the READINGS about the otters.
- Browse the OBSERVATIONS to learn what others have found out about the otters at the museum.
- Collaborate with other students by joining in the DISCUSSION about the otters.
- Record your thoughts and questions, as well as the things you’ve learned about the otters, in your JOURNAL.
- Browse PHOTOS of the otters.
- Use the ANALYSIS tool to answer your research questions.
How Do I Select A Different Habitat?
If you want to learn more about the nature of science or a different museum habitat, you can click on the habitat map to navigate anywhere.